During my quest to learn the game's finer points, this has been a very informative thread.
I have found the plane upgrade paths for the Japanese. But haven't found anything for the allies. Are there any threads on upgrade paths for the allies? A favorite tactic that I use in critical phases of the campaign is I may upgrade a squadron that is depleted at around 25% of TOE. Sometimes the plane type that squadron uses is nearly zero as losses in other theatre's has taken its toll. Upgrading raises the number of ready planes from say 3 to a full complement. I figure that its best to keep the bombing units near full complement if possible. I try to keep the highest quality fighters at the front and rotate them to a rear base as the unit falls below 35% to 50% of full strength. For example, in 4/42-6/42 I tend to over use the Hudsons fiighting for PM, prior to US reinforcements arriving. I may have 2-3 squadrons down to 20% strength. I then upgrade these and automatically fill out the unit with a different plane type. In one turn, PM may get ravaged, losing 75% of my bomber strength. The next turn, I'm upgrading and automatically filling out the complement with a different plane type. I may sacrifice range and upgrade to Beaufords, other Commonwealth aircraft, or maybe B-20s, B-25s, or B-26s. Once the original plane type's replacement pool rises, I may upgrade to that type, again to full complement of planes. I don't know if I'm hurting the squadron's combat effectiveness, tho.This seems gamey to me, but I'm still playing the AI.
How about any threads that compares different plane types?
Also, the manual defines the victory conditions for bases. It states that a base's value is a calculation using the Base's "basic value" multiplied by a formula that takes into account AF and port size. Is there a time component that benefits time of possession? I haven't found this anywhere. So holding a base 1 year is the same as holding the base for 3 years? Has there been any discussions on base capture strategy? Say a list of base objective value derived from the base's VC points weighted by an importance factor that factors the range to other bases or usage on strategic bombing?
Thanks goes to all the people that put this list of threads together. It has been a great service.